Liz Jung / Staff reporter

With dropping numbers of new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the education board has decided to allow students to return to school on a part-time voluntary basis.

Education Minister Rob Fleming has announced that in-class part-time voluntary classes will be opening again starting on June 1 in British Columbia. When COVID-19 started to spread wildly within Canada, B.C. schools suspended in-class learning on March 17.

In other words, students who desire not to come would not have to come. Secondary schools will be limited to 20 percent in-class instructions, while elementary schools are limited to 50 percent in-class instructions.

Many students have different opinions on the province’s decision to reopen in-class learning.

Paul Hong, grade 10, thinks that “it is unnecessary” for schools to open. He fears that students would be more confused with the mix of in-class and online learning, and also said that he thinks “going to school once a week is not going to give a big impact on any of the student’s education.”

Unlike Hong, who has shown a negative perspective on returning to school, Jason Lee, grade 10, has shown a very positive response to it. Returning to in-class education might “sound really harsh […] but we got to keep trying to go back to original life we had,” said Lee.

While Lee and Hong had different perspectives on whether returning to school is necessary, they both wanted to go back to school but for different reasons.

Hong is “planning to go back [to school] because staying home is becoming boring.” On the other hand, Lee wants to go back to school because he “feels like [he] has been doing [his] homework with less effort and started to become very lazy,” and thinks that he thinks it “would be better to go back to original life and be active again.”

While students are concerned with going back to school, they are not the only ones. Kay Mun, a parent of Gleneagle student, said that she “would not send [her] kids to school.”

However, she thinks that re-opening school is necessary for those whose parents are front-line and cannot take care of their kids and thinks that “schools need some simulation to have a more detailed plan for fall semester.”

As a parent, Mun would not be sending her kids to school, since she thinks it is not safe yet. With the online classes that are provided, Mun thinks it is better for her kids to stay home and not take the risk, but also to help decrease the number of students in the building.